Jobs are at risk at a Blackpool sweets firm after a restructuring operation was announced.
Tangerine Confectionery which has 340 people at plants in Vicarage Lane and Clifton Road in the resort, as well as factories in Liverpool, Cleckheaton, Pontefract and York has said a formal consultation process for redundancies is now under way.
The Mojos, Liquorice Allsorts and bon bons maker said it plans to restructure its factory operations following an ongoing review of its UK-wide confectionery manufacturing capabilities.
Last year it announced it would be closing its Poole factory in Dorset with the loss of 75 jobs.
As part of the review, leaner manufacturing processes will be introduced that is likely to mean some redundancies from within the company, and Tangerine Confectionery has started a formal 30-day consultation process with staff.
It is expected that the majority of redundancies will occur within Operations but there may also be a small number of redundancies within support functions.
The company said the move to modernise and restructure its manufacturing will help it safe guard jobs in the long term by allowing the company to operate in a more modern and efficient way, and ensure its effectiveness as a major supplier of confectionery products in today’s marketplace.
A company statement said: “Tangerine Confectionery is committed to its staff and will endeavour to mitigate any compulsory redundancies through redeployment of staff to other areas of the business and those eligible for early retirement.”
Graham Hunter, Chief Executive said: “It is with regret that we have to make this announcement so close to Christmas.
“Tangerine Confectionery must ensure that it operates as efficiently as possible to meet the demands of today’s market and to safeguard the long term future of the company and its workforce. Our primary concern at this time is the welfare of our staff affected by the consultation and we will do everything we can to support them at this difficult time.”